The job of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is to ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible, bringing communities closer to the police, building trust and confidence in the system.
The PCC is here to make sure that policing is both accessible for and accountable to the residents of Gloucestershire. Through the PCC, residents have the opportunity to influence how policing is carried out in a way that matters to them. The PCC works with the police on your behalf, to not only hold the Chief Constable to account but also to work with the police and partners to break the cycle of crime and disorder in Gloucestershire.
The Commissioner’s role is not just about policing. It involves wider criminal justice and community safety responsibilities.
The PCC for Gloucestershire is Martin Surl. He does not run the police, as the Chief Constable is responsible for all police operations, but his role is to:
- Be responsible for the police budget
- Hold the Chief Constable to account for the actions of the police
- Act as a voice for the public on policing matters
- Commission services to achieve the primary police objective of reducing crime
PCCs make a declaration of impartiality when they are elected to office. The declaration is an important symbol of impartiality, emphasising both the significance of this role in local communities and that PCCs are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of their electorate.
National responsibilities and local priorities
PCCs are responsible for the full range of policing work, including national responsibilities and local priorities. The Home Secretary has issued a Strategic Policing Requirement to ensure that police take appropriate action to protect the public from cross-border threats such as terrorism, civil emergencies, public disorder and organised crime, as well as the more local priorities identified in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan.
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) were established in 2012, replacing local Police Authorities. It is an elected role, voted for by residents every four years.